Family is awesome. Some of my favorite movies are Home Alone, Cheaper By The Dozen, and Fools Rush In to name a few. Why? Because of the joy, energy, strength, love, support, encouragement, and chaos big families can have. When you start off with a clean home before everyone arrives, and it ends up in a complete mess, that brings joy to my heart! It also makes me exhausted in some ways, but in the best way possible.
With our little immediate family (Marcus, Rheya Lee, and I), I so appreciate the time we get to spend with our parents, siblings, cousins, and extended family. Visiting my oldest sister Katie and her family in Arkansas this past winter was no exception. From walking in the lush woods outside of their house to iceskating at the local outdoor rink to stopping by the old-fashion soda fountain, Spark Cafe, to grab some ice cream to being absolutely lazy and finding the kids bobbing for peppermint candies in the bathroom sink (yuck!) to being enthralled by the art adventures at Crystal Bridges Museum to all the moments in between. I remember to take it all in. All these moments are building relationships and memories.
"This family laughs + learns, prays + protects, apologizes + appreciates, dreams + discovers, fights + forgives, teases + trusts, gives + grows, believes + belongs, and loves + lasts forever."